By far, the type of writing that we encounter, both in secular and academic settings, fall into the category of being “informational/Observatory”. The intent of research writing is different. Research writing is usually centered around advancing understanding of a topical problem/issue, and for a “community”. Research writings, therefore, leverage the work of prior research or it opens a discussion around a current topic. In either case, such writings follow a streamlined format that is familiar to researchers. This format, typically, contain components such as: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Future Works, etc. (see example research paper under this week’s Learning Materials section).THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER – The purpose of your assignment this week is for you to examine components of a research article and to identify guidelines for conducting critical analyses of published research works. The knowledge gain here should be applied when completing your research writing assignment later in this course. As you complete any writing assignment it is a good idea to proof read your work and also use the University Writing Center to help with APA formatting and applying other writing constructs; both will assist in minimizing grammatical errors and improve conducting research writing
Evaluate criteria – notice what research components (Title, Abstract, Method, etc.) are used in the article you found (see the article ” Guidelines for Evaluating a Research” by Phillip Rumrill∗, Shawn Fitzgerald and Megen Ware)
Discuss – general guidelines for research writing (not necessarily in this order):
Use at least five different quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia, Blogs, Info articles, and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources for research writing. Include a cover page containing: the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference pages do not count toward the page count. Review the Helpful Information provided related to critical thinking and also follow the hand-outs provided in this week’s folder.